The D12, and its successor the D12E, are arguably the best-known early dynamics dedicated to kick drum and other bass instruments. I believe Meazzi also made the Echomatic which Hank B Marvin used to get his shimmering guitar sound around the same time. Apart from the D12 itself, there were a number of similar (theme and variations) microphones from AKG including the D20, D25, D30 etc. The AKG Model D 12 E. cardioid dynamic microphone. A Sorry Tale! AKG D12 E Technical Specifications In 1978 the AKG D12 was reissued as the AKG D12E and now came with an XLR socket. The D12 was rebranded by numerous other electronics corporations, including Philips and Echolette. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Big bass - AKG D12 vs AKG D112. I sell my last pair for a decent price to a young engineer . It would appear that pretty much the last thing anyone wants to hear is the actual sound of the bass drum! Hi everybody ! Microphone. The main … Slightly different frequency responses, shock mountings and filters. I owned some D12 and used it on bass , acoustic double bass , big bass drum , horns , bodhran , Leslie cabin and ………vocals ! Also good on trombone. As many of you know the original D12 capsules are no longer available, so repairing a vintage model isn’t always an option. You may have to register before you can post: click the register link above to proceed. The D 12 is a Cardioid dynamic microphone. The D12 is the nominal ancestor of AKG’s popular D112. It has more of a classic thump to the sound compared to the hyped D112. An AKG model SA-30 swivel stand adapter with standard 5/8-in. Research suggests that dozens of variations of D12 internals exist, however. The metal ring around the basket was much better. In 1978 the AKG D12 was reissued as the AKG D12E and now came with an XLR socket. Hi Martin I have a beautiful brand new Meazzi M-12 microphone which I bought in a music shop in Greece a couple of years ago. The D12 is the nominal ancestor of AKG’s popular D112. If I am commissioned to record a fabulous Stradivarius violin, or a superb Steinway piano, my intention (as you might expect), would be to reproduce the sound of that instrument as faithfully as possible along with the acoustics of the studio or concert hall. I think that all I can say is that the AKG D12, and its close relatives, will put up with any amount of SPL and respond well to whatever EQ you throw at them! I have with me a one whose serial number is 0582!!! Cardioid Dynamic Microphone. A couple of weeks ago I sat down to write this blog post on the AKG D12 and had intended, as usual, to illustrate with some suitable recorded examples…….. Now here’s the problem. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Hi, I'm not satisfied with the recordings of my Upright bass I've done so far using conventional mics. UNITRA Tonsil MCU-53 Cardioid Condenser (1970’s/80’s). I love my D12 for kick drum. This means that it “hears” best what happens in front of it while rejecting sound from the sides or rear. The microphone shall be … The finish of the microphone shall be matte nickel and black, and shall not create specular light reflections. I didn’t know about the connection with Meazzi. )/ Telefunken (? (A bit like a Shure 55, but without the chrome and the stylish good looks!). The AKG D 12 is a dynamic microphone with a cardioid polar pattern. As such, it very rapidly gained popularity. Change ). Early AKG documentation shows a choice of several models: The mounting post contains a swivel join, facilitating positioning of the capsule head. AKG D12 E Technical Specifications ( Log Out /  Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. To start viewing messages, select the forum that you want to visit from the selection below. AKG D12. Although they are robust to a point, the voice coil and diaphragm go brittle with age and when they fail, there are no spare parts to get them running again. That’s interesting. )/ Klangfilm (?) I own an early example with the metal ring around the basket . ( Log Out /  Slightly different frequency responses, shock mountings and filters. -27 thread, and a foam-lined vinyl carrying case shall also be provided. ( Log Out /  The plastic ones are usually cracked. After some preliminary research I soon discovered that all the drummers I know ‘treat’ their bass drums in some way or another, ranging from bits of tape, damping rings, Moon Gel, special heads, cushions, pillows and even a duvet! As it happened, Pablo had a vintage D25 (a D12 with an integral suspension mount), so I also took samples from that. This was OK when they were changing hands for a few tens of pounds, but I wince when I see them go for silly prices, knowing that the buyer may be investing in an expensive paperweight. Slightly different frequency responses, shock mountings and filters. A Rare Siemens (? Now heard on literally countless drum, bass guitar and instrument tracks, the D12 was eventually succeeded by the nearly ubiquitous D112, the green-bumpered, egg-shaped mic that can handle exorbitant SPLs. I loved this microphone very much , it was really a very good product from AKG like was the great D202 . I find it annoying that AKG have called it the D12, made it look like an updated D12, but made a completely different microphone sonically. Did we get anything wrong on this page? Recorded in a small room, the URB seems to overload conventional mics with boomy muddy signals at around 180-350Hz. Many of these bass drums also require considerable amounts of EQ whatever mic you choose …… and then it depends what sort of music you are recording. AKG started building these in 1953. The D 12 is a Cardioid dynamic microphone. A great heavy metal bass drum sound doesn’t really work for jazz! Apart from the D12 itself, there were a number of similar (theme and variations) microphones from AKG including the D20, D25, D30 etc.